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Circulatory & Respiratory Systems

The Circulatory System

Deep Breath

The circulatory system components are the heart, blood vessels, blood, lymph and other structures. The circulatory system is responsible for the continuous movement or transportation of fluids namely blood and lymph through designated pathways. The vessels that carry these fluids are the arteries, veins, and thin walled capillaries of the lymphatic system.

The body actually has two circulatory systems:

  1. Pulmonary System: The blood, which no longer contains oxygen and nutrients, goes back to the heart through a pulmonary artery. Then it is transported into veins that transport it to the lungs. There it picks up oxygen and eliminates waste carbon dioxide and returns the oxygenated blood back (called a "gas exchange") to the heart to be transferred over to the systemic circulatory system.
  2. Systemic System: The oxygenated blood is pumped out of the left side of the heart and enters the aorta. At the aorta arch the aorta branches off into pathways that will transport the blood through arteries and veins to every organ and tissue in the body. The blood finds its way, enters the thin-walled capillaries (found in body tissue) where it feeds nutrients and oxygen to all cells and take away carbon dioxide, water, and waste and back to the heart.

Poor circulation can lead to a clogged colon and arteries, heart disease, cold hands and feet, fatigue and memory lapses or forgetfulness. It is also necessary to protect circulation tissues from free radicals and environmental hazards such as automobile exhaust

A clean and detoxified environment of the colon is essential, along with a dietary balance of quality protein, rich iron, zinc, Vitamin C and E. The intake of vital nutrients of pure water, potassium, calcium and magnesium makes a healthy circulatory system.

Respiratory System

Organs of the respiratory system includes the nasal cavity (nose), sinuses, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi and lungs. The mentioned organs are situated in either the upper respiratory tract or the lower respiratory tract. The upper respiratory tract houses the nasal cavity, sinuses, pharynx and larynx and the lower respiratory tract houses the trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, and lungs.

When a breath of air is taken in, it enters your nose or mouth, passing through the sinuses and travels down a long tube called the trachea, passing the larynx (voice box) on its way. The nose should be the natural passage for the entrance of air; as the mouth and pharynx form part of the digestive system. The nasal cavity has an arrangement of bones and narrow channels that contain an ample supply of blood vessels that moisten and warm the air coming in. The hairs of the nostrils act as air filters.

The trachea (windpipe) is a flexible tube made of hyaline cartilage and fibrous tissue that two bronchial tubes or primary bronchi connect to. The trachea and its counterparts are lined internally with a mucous membrane containing fine hair-like projections called cilia. Cilias have a very important role as they continuous move in a wave-like fashion to clear the air passage of any foreign particles and moves phlegm up into the mouth cavity.

The air pushes through the trachea into the primary bronchi (plural), that is made up of the same hyaline cartilage and fibrous tissue as the trachea. The primary bronchi branches off; into a left primary bronchus and a right primary bronchus (singular - bronchi); each enter the left and right lobe of the lung respectively.

Further into the journey, the air, travels into smaller bronchi called the secondary bronchi; that branches off into smaller subdivisions called bronchial tubes, or bronchioles. The bronchioles terminate into groups of alveoli, or air sacs. At this point the air enters the lungs.

The lungs are the main organs of the respiratory system. The human body has two of these highly elastic, spongy organs; that consume a large area of the chest cavity. Separated from the lungs by connective tissues and fissures the lungs contain lobes. The left lung has two lobes and the right lung has three lobes. Each lobe contains nerves, lymphatics, blood vessels and duct that contain the groups of alveoli. This is where the air is processed. An actual gas or oxygen-to-carbon dioxide exchange takes place in the lobes. Inhaled air by the lungs takes out the oxygen breathed (act of inspiration) and exhales carbon dioxide (act of expiration).

Some health diseases, disorders and conditions of the respiratory system are: lung cancer, asthma, bronchiectasis, emphysema and Acute Respiratory Distress syndrome. Mesothelioma (asbestos lung) disease is only one of the many industrial, occupational and individual exposure risks associated with diseases of the lungs.

Antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta carotene as well as a source of rich nutrients are critical in keep the environment of the respiratory system in balance.

I have outlined the immune/lymphatic systems as their own category for educational purposes, though they are part of the respiratory system.

SUPPORT PRODUCTS

  • Butcher's Broom - Contains flavonoids called "rutin" which is said to strengthen capillary walls.
  • Capsicum, Garlic & Parsley - Good support to circulatory system. Capsules can be opened and sprinkled on foods as a cooking spice.
  • CoQ10 Converts raw nutrients into re-usable fuel for functions of the body via the cells. Supports the circulatory system.
  • HS-C Chinese Herbal - YANG XIN (Nourish Fire) RISK ALERT: Read label carefully
  • I-X - Combination of herbs that are a source of natural iron with additional elements needed to enhance the absorption of iron.
  • Vitamin E w/Selenium - The synergy of this dynamic combination works together to seek out and destroy free radicals.
  • Perfect EyesSupport for the macular region of the eyes. Also a good support and beneficial for the aging eyes: contains lutein.
  • VariGone Relieves fluid congestion, and improves vein appearance of the legs.
  • Capsicum - the plant that bites back! high vitamin A (beta-carotene) content. Vitamin A is essential for normal vision, growth, cellular activity, reproduction and healthy immune system.
  • Green Tea Extract - Unbelievable health benefits.

KEY PRODUCTS

  • MC - Vitamin & Mineral Supplement - Specially formulated base is designed to strengthen the arteries, veins and capillaries, and to rid the circulatory system of debris. Remarkable!
  • Flax Seed Oil Scientific studies show that omega-3 EFA‚€™s play a role in cardiovascular and circulatory health.
  • Super Oil A special synergistic blend of three essential oils; one, the highly acclaimed borage oil.
  • Blood Pressurx RISK ALERT: Read label carefully.
  • Ginko & Hawthorne - Hawthorne is famous for helping to regulate the heart beat.
  • High Potency Garlic - Odorless - One 400 mg tablet equals 1,200 mg of fresh garlic, roughly equal to one clove.
    Adults: take 1‚€“2 tablets daily with a meal. Children: take 1/2 tablet daily with a meal.
    Hemp Hearts-Nature's Power Food is the only natural food that is concentrated with all of the required proteins and essential fats. It contains many vitamins and enzymes, and only small insignificant quantities of saturated fats and carbohydrates. 
  • Hemp Oil - So many more benefits than other "good" oils.It is especially recommended for those suffering from heart disease and arthritis since it decreases the incidence of blood clots and reduces inflammation in the joints. 
  • Hemp Protein Bars - A natural protein bar, with high energy. Get all of the facts!

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